One of my favorite lines on being real comes from the quill of the Avon Bard, William Shakespeare having Polonius give advice to his son, Laertes:
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!”
When you are not true to yourself, you are not real, you are what we moderns and not so moderns call a hypocrite. Augustus Strong has it, an actor under an assumed character, others have it, hiding behind a mask of pretense.
Concerning religious pretenders, Paul used it like this;
Galatians 2:13 “And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.”
If you have been deceived by a hypocrite, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Even Barnabas, the spiritual giant who traveled with Paul was taken in, for a while by hypocrites.
It could be that the most tragic part of hypocrisy is the hypocrite who pretends to be something he/she is not in order to maintain position, prestige or even income. To victimize yourself via hypocrisy is near to ingesting cyanide, as it takes the spiritual breath out of your true life.
Jesus put hypocrites in the same pile as vipers and well the placement is deserved, for becoming a hypocrite is destructive to reality and is a form of psyche suicide. If you are pretending to be someone else, this involves the slaying of yourself, the person God made you to be.
Now that you have patiently endured verbiage that you are probably very familiar with, may I share a new combination of the darts of our language that shook me awake earlier this morning when I read the weekly letter from Dale Flynn, the curriculum writer for Word of Life. This gem jumped off the page. It is the best I have ever read. See what you think about it:
“Be what you is, not what you ain't,
'cause when you is what you ain't,
then you ain't what you is.” A Mountain Wings Original
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